Finding Time for Exercise

Jennifer Bonn

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One of the most frequent excuses I hear from people for not exercising is there isn’t enough time in the day. We all have busy days, but exercise can offer us such incredible benefits that it is worth it to find a way to fit it into our day. In order to do this we can be a little creative and discover what works for us and our lifestyle. Here are a few simple ideas to help you find time for fitness.

Be intentional.

You have to recognize what fitness can do for you, and you have to commit to making it part of your daily routine. Plan to fit it into your schedule every day without making excuses.

Find the time of day that works for you.

I have the most energy in the morning and I like to do my workout then so I know I can get it done. If I wait too late my other responsibilities can derail my good intentions, and if I make the mistake of sitting on the couch after work, I am done. Some people prefer working out after work to burn off stress. Whatever time of day works for you is fine.

Sneak in movement.

You don’t have to do traditional exercise to do a fitness routine. As long as you are incorporating movement into your day you are working toward fitness. Here are a few sneaky ways to fit exercise into your day.

· Take the stairs.

· Every 40 minutes, stand up and stretch and move.

· Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair as it can strengthen your core and back.

· Walk whenever you can.

· Dance in the kitchen.

· Exercise while watching television.

Do mini workouts.

You don’t have to do your exercise all at once. Break up your routine into smaller workouts. You might be less overwhelmed and more inclined to do them when you know it will take less time. Studies show that the benefits are the same whether we do exercise all at once or we do several smaller workouts during the day. Here are a few exercises you can incorporate into a mini-workout.

· Ten minutes of brisk walking

· Twenty jumping jacks

· Walking the stairs

· Ten minutes of strength exercises

· Squats at your chair

Team up with an accountability partner

Two of my friends and I started making fitness challenges with each other. One challenge was each day we would hold a plank for two minutes. Once we had completed the challenge we would text the other two. The text often was a good motivator for the other two. The great thing about this challenge is it can be done at any time of the day, you can change it up, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Each week, a different person could pick a challenge. The competitive aspect kept us motivated.

I hope these ideas show you that you can fit exercise in even though you have a busy life, and the benefits from exercise will help you cope better with that busy life.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA
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